Medicare scam targets the elderly

Medicare scam targets the elderly

The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force wants older residents to watch out for a phone scam that offers new Medicare cards required by the Affordable Care Act.
The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force wants older residents to watch out for a phone scam that offers new Medicare cards required by the Affordable Care Act.

Investigators say someone with a foreign accent is calling senior citizens telling them they need a new Medicare card.  The caller asks for your address, name of your bank and bank account number.

Although Medicare scams are nothing new detectives want residents to be on the alert to such schemes due to more reports surfacing about scammers calling the elderly and claiming that they need to be issued new health insurance cards.

Authorities have some tips on how to keep from becoming a victim of these types of scams:
 Be cautious with your identity. Never give personal information to someone who has contacted you unsolicited, whether by phone, email, social media or in person.
 Government agencies normally communicate through the mail, so be cautious of calls, text messages or emails.
 Don't trust caller ID. Scammers have technology that lets them display any number or organization name on your screen.
 Keep your personal information to yourself. Never give out personal information such as credit card numbers, bank account numbers, date of birth or Social Security numbers to unfamiliar callers.
 Contact your local law enforcement agency to report any possible scams or criminal activity.

If you've already given out your personal information:
 Call your bank and credit card companies to explain what happened. The sooner you contact them, the more likely you will be reimbursed for any fraudulent charges on your accounts.
 Monitor your bank account and credit card accounts carefully. It may be weeks or months before scammers attempt to use your information, so check it regularly.
 Contact the credit reporting agencies.
 Contact your law enforcement agency.


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